Project: Gianni Schicci & Bluebeard’s Castle

On March 5, 2015

TWO ONE ACT (1918)

Libretto by Giovacchino Forzano after an episode of La Divina Commedia by Dante Alighieri

Two masterpieces of the 20th century, both premiered in that fateful year 1918. The works could hardly be more different, and yet they are combined to form an operatic double bill – black Italian comedy meets Hungarian psycho-drama, staged by the Spanish director Calixto Bieito, master of the dark and the unfathomable.

Little would appear to link Gianni Schicchi and Bluebeard’s Castle – except for their unadorned depiction of the human abyss. That master of melody Giacomo Puccini spices up his story of the family arguing about their inheritance at the deathbed of the patriarch with tearjerkers such as “O mio babbino caro”. Béla Bartók penetrates into the depths in the complex landscape of the soul with his dense score. A grim mystery is hidden behind the seven forbidden doors in Count Bluebeard’s Castle, and exposing this mystery will prove the downfall of one young woman…The contrast between the two works constitutes a stimulus which benefits from the staging presented here by Calixto Bieito. Henrik Nánási, General Musical Director of the Komische Oper and renowned Bartók specialist, provides musical direction for this performance. He promises to make it a very special experience for the ears as well as the eyes, with Günter Papendell as Gianni Schicchi plus Ausrine Stundyte and Gidon Saks as the couple condemned to their fateful encounter at Count Bluebeard’s Castle.

2 hours, no intermission

CREW

Musical direction  Henrik Nánási
Staging  Calixto Bieito
Stage design  Rebecca Ringst
Costume design  Ingo Krügler
Dramaturgy  Pavel B. Jiracek
Light design  Franck Evin, Rosalia Amato
Assistant Stage Directors  Anna Borchers, Tamara Heimbrock and Holger Brüns, Paulo Montoya, Laura Åkerlund

CAST

Gianni Schicchi  Günter Papendell
Lauretta, his daughter  Kim-Lillian Strebel
Zita, Buoso‘s Cousin  Christiane Oertel
Rinuccio, Zita‘s nephew  Tansel Akzeybek
Gherardo, Buoso’s nephew  Christoph Späth
Nella, his wife  Mirka Wagner
Betto Di Signa, Buoso‘s brother-in-law  Stefan Sevenich
Simone, Buoso‘s Cousin  Jens Larsen
Marco, his son  Nikola Ivanov
Ciesca, Marco‘s wife  Annelie Sophie Müller
Maestro Spinelloccio, a doctor  Bruno Balmelli
Amantio Di Nicolao, a notary  Philipp Meierhöfer

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Herzog Blaubart Gidon Saks
Judith  Ausrine Stundyte

 

 

Pressestimmen

Berliner Morgenpost, Georg Kasch, Dauerwimmel mit Musik

»Beide Einakter spitzt Bieito erwartungsgemäß krass zu.  … Jenseits der extremen szenischen Zuspitzungen geht von diesem Blaubart eine hypnotische Macht aus, diesem Albtraum voller symbolischer Angebote, ein Seelenstriptease, ein Kampf um den Besitz des jeweils anderen.«

 

Der Tagespiegel, Udo Badelt, Blut klebt an allen Wänden

»Wie sich Saks und Stundyte einen existentiellen Kampf liefern, ist sensationell.«

 

Inforadio.de, Barbaba Wiegand, Blaubarts Burg und Gianni Schicci in der Komischen Oper

»Die eine Oper voll schwarzen Humors – die andere abtauchend in düstre Seelentiefen. Die beiden nun zusammenzubringen – noch dazu ohne Pause, direkt aufeinander zu spielen – das ist gewagt – und am Ende durchaus gewonnen.«